Grey’s ‘exciting’ new neonatal ICU opened

2016-03-21 11:45
Grey’s Hospital assistant nurse manager Roshnie Ramnund (left), operational manager sister Yashike Umichand, Grey’s clinical head neonatologist Dr Graham Ducasse, KZN Health Department head Dr Lindiwe Simelane and Grey’s CEO Dr Ben Bilenge at Friday’s opening.

Grey’s Hospital assistant nurse manager Roshnie Ramnund (left), operational manager sister Yashike Umichand, Grey’s clinical head neonatologist Dr Graham Ducasse, KZN Health Department head Dr Lindiwe Simelane and Grey’s CEO Dr Ben Bilenge at Friday’s opening. (Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Grey's Hospital opened its new state-of-the-art neonatal ICU unit on Friday, boasting isolation units, specialist care and “Kangaroo” mother care wards.

Excited Grey’s staff gathered around chief neonatologist Dr Graham Ducasse, Kwazulu-Natal Health Department head Dr Lindiwe Simelane and Grey’s CEO Dr Ben Bilenge as they opened the doors to the new unit.

The neonatal ICU holds 35 beds for critically ill newborns with ventilators and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines.

Besides Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital, it is the only hospital equipped to perform surgery on babies in KwaZulu-Natal.

Grey’s Hospital, as a specialist hospital, serves the west of KZN, with 18 hospitals referring their most critical newborns to Greys.

The new NICU, termed “very exciting” by Grey’s Hospital staff is equipped to look after the most critical babies while offering Kangaroo mother care which sees the mother involved in the care of the baby while he/she is in NICU.

Ducasse said the hospital’s nursery was largely run by private practitioners until it was made public in the mid-nineties.

Ducasse said the need for a bigger nursery and ICU grew as more patients were referred to the hospital’s specialists.

Proposals for a bigger nursery and ICU unit were rejected in the 2000s due to the need to build up other hospitals.

Eventually his “wishes were granted” and the NICU was opened in December 2014, with the Kangaroo mother care unit opened in November 2015, said Ducasse.

The NICU was officially opened as a complete unit on Friday, with babies already filling some of the beds with nurses tending to them while their mothers were seated next to them.

“The unit is amazing. However, there are not enough nurses. There are 35 beds in the unit, but only 24 are being used because there are not enough nursing staff for the other nine,” Ducasse said.

He said besides the staff shortage, the unit was “awesome” and he was “extremely proud” of it.

KZN Health Department head Dr Lindiwe Simelane said the unit is “fantastic” and well thought out.

“The unit was really needed. It has well-trained staff and a great team. It is really fantastic,” she said.

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